Hugh LaFollette, Ph.D.

LaFollette and IEEHugh LaFollette grew up in Nashville, TN in a working class family. He attended Belmont College (now University), graduating in 1970 with a major in psychology and a minor in speech and theater. After working for two and a half years as a reporter for The Tennessean, he enrolled in graduate philosophy courses at Vanderbilt University, receiving an M.A. in 1975 and Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1977.

After finishing his Ph.D., Hugh took a visiting appointment at the University of Alabama-Birmingham . The following year, he moved to East Tennessee State University, where he taught until the summer of 2004 —with the exception of two glorious years in Scotland.

That spring, he accepted the Marie and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. In addition to his “ordinary” professional duties, for eight years he produced and hosted a weekly 30 minute interview show (“Ideas and Issues”), aired primarily on the local NPR affiliate (WETS-FM). For a list of all shows, and RealAudio copies of more than one hundred of them, as well as details on his publications, see Dr. LaFollette’s website.


Marie and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics
Professor of Philosophy
(727) 873-4830
Davis Hall 225